Monday 25th May 2009
An 0630 start for the short trip to Ayvalik- we were keen to get there as we would be meeting up with Rob & Sarah of Serafina, and also because they had warned us that the checking in paperwork took them nearly all day!
We had a short sail with 10 knots of wind behind us for a while, then it came around and headed us so we used the iron topsail. No point messing around when you're in a hurry!
By 1130 we were bows to in Setur Marina, Ayvalik. This would be the first time we had paid for moorings since Marmaris (other than the 88 cents harbour dues in Kos!), so this was going to hurt! Ouch! 40 euros a night! Won't be here long then!! They didn't even have a shower block because it was being refurbished, so it wasn't exactly value for money!
Howvever, it was great to see Sarah and Rob and Serafina, and as we were told we couldn't leave the boat till we had been given clearance by the health authorities (swine flu panic) there was nothing else for it but to invite them on board for a beer, while we hoisted the 'Q' flag (I think that probably defeats the object but we weren't bothered!)
We got our paperwork started as soon as we were allowed off the boat, and then of course it was time to get out the coffee machine so Rob could get his fix.
The paperwork was long-winded and expensive, but was finally finished by early evening, and we were legally checked back into Turkey. What we hadn't realised, however, was that our visas ran out on 8th June, so we needed to give some thought to renewing them.
We had a lovely evening on board Serafina, and retired to bed none too early. No matter, we were not planning an early start next day.